Three cops charged over murder-suicide

Jamaican family in happier times
Jamaican family in happier times

KINGSTON – Three police officers assigned to the Wait-a-Bit Police Station have been ordered interdicted for their alleged failure to respond to a distress call from Kelly-Ann Smith, whose two daughters were last week killed by their father Kenville Mullings, who later committed suicide in Woodgrove, Trelawny.

It was reported that Smith managed to escape from Mullings, who held a machete to her throat during an attack in Colyville, Manchester and alerted the Wait-a-Bit police who are situated less than a mile from Mullings’ Woodgrove home. However, she was allegedly informed that they could not respond as Manchester was outside their jurisdiction.

Neither did she get any assistance from the Christiana police, who she said told her they were unable to take a report over the phone. She was, however, unable to access transportation to the police station during the wee hours.

Mullings, a 33-year-old farmer, eventually returned to his Woodgrove home where he reportedly killed his two little girls – Kimocoya, four, and K-alee, two – after which he was found hanging. Police said he committed suicide.

Following a visit to the Wait-a-Bit Police Station with members of the grieving families in Woodgrove and Colyville on Saturday, Assistant Commissioner Devon Watkis, commander of Police Area One, instructed that the officers be interdicted.

“We travelled up there (Southern Trelawny and Colyville, Manchester) in a bid to fellowship with the family, but also to check the records and speak to the people to have an overall look at concerns expressed and to give meaning also to the commissioner’s directive,” Assistant Commissioner Watkis said, in response to the Jamaica Observer’s query about the steps being taken to address the alleged negligence.

In the meantime, a file is being prepared to submit to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Inspectorate of the Jamaica Constabulary Force as a probe into the incident continues.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington last Friday warned members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force that they will face disciplinary action if they turn away or redirect persons who want to make reports to police stations. (Observer)

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